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The fake social media profiles helping American rappers blow up in Russia

The fake social media profiles helping American rappers blow up in Russia

To the casual American rap fan, Night Lovell’s Russian popularity seems beyond random. But Russia’s young rap fans have constructed their own shadow rap ecosystem, skirting many of the power brokers that guide taste and collect income for artists in the states.

theoutline.com/post/3528/the-russian-rap-internet-is-nothing-like-you-think

Nokia’s banana phone from The Matrix is back

Nokia’s banana phone from The Matrix is back

Now HMD, makers of Nokia-branded phones, is bringing the Nokia 8110 back to life as a retro classic.

www.theverge.com/2018/2/25/17044634/nokia-8110-matrix-banana-phone-mwc-2018

Raptors’ DeRozan hopes honest talk on depression helps others

Raptors’ DeRozan hopes honest talk on depression helps others | Toronto Star

All-star DeMar DeRozan copes with troubled times — hinted at in all-star weekend tweet that sparked a wave of support — by throwing his life into his family and his basketball: “Sometimes . . . it gets the best of you.”

www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2018/02/25/raptors-derozan-hopes-honest-talk-on-depression-helps-others.html

Trump vs. “disease X”

Trump vs. “disease X”

But further down on the WHO list was a threat ominously described as “disease X.” The X stands for an unknown: a pathogen lurking out there, currently being harbored in animals, with the potential to make the dangerous leap into humans and spread suffering and death around the globe.

www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/2/23/16974012/trump-pandemic-disease-response/

Karl Smith is a New Zealander living in Melbourne, Australia. He's an art and design, tech, and pop culture enthusiast. Previous gigs include musician, concierge, picture framer, designer and product manager.